Outstanding Beginning Teacher
Owen Dabek (center right in photo), a teacher at Holy Trinity School in St. Ann, was recently nominated as an Outstanding Beginning Teacher by the Missouri Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. The Outstanding Beginning Teacher Awards recognize teachers in their first two years of service who demonstrate excellence in serving children in school districts across Missouri. Fifty-nine of the approximately 8,000 teachers who were certified in the last two years will be recognized. Award recipients were selected based on recommendations from Missouri’s state and nationally recognized teacher education programs, and a recommendation from candidates’ school districts. Father Ronnie O’Dwyer, SJ, announced the nomination at a ceremony in February. Dabek is a member of the Billiken Teacher Corps at Saint Louis University.
The School Sisters of Notre Dame Central Pacific Province is hosting a program on human trafficking during its annual Women’s Leadership Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, March 25, at River City Casino Event Center, 777 River City Casino Blvd. in St. Louis. The goal of the Women’s Leadership Luncheon is to bring attention to the problem and help women become leaders in the fight against trafficking. Featured speaker will be Kimberly A. Ritter, director of development for Exchange Initiative and senior account manager for Nix Conference & Meeting Management. Through her talk, “Sex Trafficking: Now That I Know, What Can I Do,” Ritter will share her experiences combating human trafficking in the hotel/meeting planning industry, demonstrate the TraffickCam app and offer solutions for eliminating trafficking in local communities. The luncheon is free but registration is required. Register at www.ssndcp.org/wllstl through March 15.
Art on display
“Modes of Expression,” representational, abstract and non-objective art selections from the permanent collection of the Saint Louis University Museum of Art, will be on display through July 28 at the museum, 3663 Lindell Blvd. Admission to the museum is free. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m Wednesday through Sundays. The exhibition begins with two representational artworks, the portraits of Martha Ann Payne Turner and Lewis Turner painted by George Caleb Bingham (1811-1879) in the late 19th century. They are followed by a landscape by Camille Corot, the most influential of all French landscape painters of the 19th century, and a print by Mary Cassatt, a 19th-century American artists. It moves to modernism and postmodernism.
“Let Your Eye See: Engaging the Divine through Spiritual Art,” is the title of visio divina, a method of praying with sacred images, that will include illuminations of the Saint John’s Bible at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis All Saints Chapel and Franciscan icons at the Tau Center in Kirkwood. The event at the cathedral basilica, 4431 Lindell Blvd. in the Central West End of St. Louis, is limited to 35 people and will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 19. The event at Tau Center, 335 S. Kirkwood Road behind PNC Bank, will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 9. There is no cost to attend either event, but anyone planning to attend is asked to register at www.fsolph.org/events or call (314) 965-3700.
St. Joseph Feast Day
La Salle Retreat Center in Glencoe will celebrate the feast day of St. Joseph on Tuesday, March 19. The celebration begins at 11:30 am with prayer near the St. Joseph Grotto. Afterward, a lunch will be served in the large dining room. Tours of the grounds will also be available. The retreat center is at 2101 Rue De LaSalle Drive, along Highway 109, about 3.5 miles north of i-44 in Eureka. To RSVP, call (636) 938-5374.
Virtual Holy Land
The Daughters of St. Paul are hosting Father Charles Samson, professor and author of “Come & See: A Catholic Guide to the Holy Land,” at a program at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 28, at Pauline Books and Media, 9804 Watson Road in Crestwood. Father Samson, a professor of biblical theology at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary and a doctoral candidate in biblical theology, helps lead the Holy Land retreat and pilgrimage for seminarians each year. Father Samson will lead a “virtual pilgrimage” to the Holy Land using slides from these visits. A book-signing and refreshments will follow; call (314) 965-3512 for more information and to register.
Lenten Day of Recollection
The Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis will host the 2019 Lenten Day of Recollection with Archbishop Robert J. Carlson on Saturday, March 30. The day of reflection, recollection and reconciliation begins at 10 a.m., and includes two spiritual conferences led by Archbishop Carlson. Each conference will be followed by exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and an opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The afternoon conference will also be followed by Stations of the Cross. The day will end with evening vespers at 4:30 p.m. and Mass at 5 p.m. All conferences and prayer will be held in the cathedral basilica, with lunch provided in Boland Hall. The gathering is free (though goodwill offerings offset the cost of lunch). Organizers request advance registration. To register or for additional information, contact Mary Ann Fox at (314) 373-8208.
Trinity from the
A retreat on the Trinity from a Franciscan perspective will be held Saturday and Sunday, March 30 and 31, at IL Ritiro Retreat Center in Dittmer. “Who Are You, My Lord, and Who Am I?” will be presented by Sister Carol Beckermann, OSF. Two presentations will be held March 30 from 10 a.m.-2p.m.; the other presentation will take place March 31 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. To register, call (636) 274-0554 or email [email protected] More information can be found at ilritiro.org.
All Abilities Mass
An All Abilities Mass will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 31, at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, 1014 Madison Ave. in Washington. The Mass is offered four times during the school year. Eighth graders work with the pastor, Father Jim Theby, to develop specific accommodations, including dim lighting, soft music, seating accommodations for people with physical or sensory needs and a brief homily. Eighth graders also help with readings and petitions.
Deacon Diaper Drive
The permanent deacons of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, in conjunction with the archdiocesan Respect Life Apostolate, will be collecting diapers for infants, toddlers and adults as part of our fourth annual Lenten Deacon Diaper Drive, a diocesanwide pro-life service project to assist families in need. Diaper donations will be collected at parishes during the weekend Masses of March 30-31, April 6-7, and April 13-14. The diapers will assist families in the local community. For more information, contact your church’s permanent deacon or parish office.
Gospel of Life
The Tenth Annual Archbishop’s Gospel of Life Prayer Breakfast will be hosted by the St. Louis Chapter of Legatus on Wednesday, May 1, at the Ritz-Carlton in Clayton. Jesuit Father Christopher Collins, assistant to the president for mission and identity at Saint Louis University, will be the keynote speaker. Father Collins also is an assistant professor of theological studies at the university and serves as the chair of the board of the Apostleship of Prayer for the United States. The event begins with the Regina Coeli and the Rosary at 6 a.m., followed by Mass, a full-service hot breakfast and Father Collins’ talk, “Behold Him Whom They Have Pierced: Encountering Christ in the Most Vulnerable Among Us.” For registration information, call (314) 792-7047 or email
La Salle Retreat Center is hosting its second photo contest, open to amateur photographers of any age. Photos must be taken on the grounds of La Salle, 2101 Rue De LaSalle Drive in Glencoe, from May 1, 2018, to May 10, 2019. Mounted prints and digital copies are to be submitted to La Salle by noon, Friday, May 10. Cash prizes totaling $400 will be awarded to the top five photos. All photos submitted will be used by La Salle for marketing purposes. For more information, visit lasalleretreat.org or call (636) 938-5374.
Doorways is seeking volunteers. The interfaith nonprofit organization supported by the Annual Catholic Appeal provides housing and related supportive services to improve quality of life and health outcomes for people affected by HIV/AIDS. Help is needed with fundraisers, spring cleaning, companionship for residents, crafting, activity assistance, administrative functions and more. Contact Patrick Young at [email protected].
One Classroom has added Becky Crump to its team as director of development and events. Crump has experience in advocacy for special needs inclusion in education. She is a mother to two children, including a son with Down syndrome, and is a member of Our Lady of the Pillar Parish in Creve Coeur. Her role will focus on helping the mission of creating inclusive Catholic educational opportunities for children with special needs in the St. Louis Archdiocese. A trivia night to support the foundation is set for 7 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, 4092 Blow St. in south St. Louis. To register or for more information, visit www.one-classroom.com or call (314) 406-4797.
La Salle Retreat Center in Glencoe is hosting its second photo contest, open to amateur photographers of any age. Photos must be taken on the grounds of La Salle May 1, 2018-May 10, 2019. Mounted print(s) and a digital copies are to be submitted to La Salle by noon, Friday, May 10. Cash prizes totaling $400 will be awarded to the top five photos. All photos submitted will be used by La Salle for marketing purposes. For more information, visit lasalleretreat.org or call (636) 938-5374.
Show Me MORE vocations
The Sisters of St Joseph Vocation Team is inviting women interested in religious life to join a MORE Weekend June 14-16 in St. Louis. The weekend is to have an opportunity for sisters and interested women to share some time in community, prayer and volunteer ministry for a short period of time. Participants will visit two volunteer sites where the sisters are active: Marian Middle School and an organic garden. They also will explore the core value of the Sisters of St. Joseph: being one with God and neighbor. For more information, visit sites.google.com/csjlife.org/more.
Heartland Hospice is seeking volunteers to provide one-on-one attention to people in the final phase of a terminal illness who are in need of companionship. Heartland volunteers offer support and practical, caring help, staying with a patient so family members can take a break, reading Scripture to patients or holding their hand. All assignments are in close proximity to a volunteer’s home, work or school. For information about the next training class, call Virginia at (314) 453-0990.